More Sex and important numbers

More Sex and important numbers

In one of my previous blogs, I talked about Sex and the Number 42 – about how every 7 years a strong hormonal change takes place in the body to kick-start the reproduction ability of the body. At 7 we lose our baby teeth, at 14 we enter puberty at 21 we are in prime baby making stage, at 35 our estrogen can begin to decline and at 42 we enter perimenopause and 49……….. here comes menopause. These are general figures used in Chinese Medicine to indicate the changes in our hormonal body but this idea that, as women, our reproduction ability and energy comes to a halt as we hit menopause is a fallacy. Our body is constantly reproducing. We make plasma cells daily; colon cells refresh after four days; we make a whole new skin every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells take more than a year to regenerate, and it takes an average of 10 years to grow an entirely new skeleton. The energy that it takes to make reproduction happen is called Jing in Chinese Medicine. It’s the energy that we are born with, our DNA if you like, that we inherit from our ancestors, no matter what we eat or drink we cannot build upon this energy, it is our constitution.

However, we can deplete this energy through overwork and pushing ourselves past our physical limits; By over emotional situations especially fear and anger and by overstimulating foods such as caffeine, sugar, and drugs (prescription or recreational). How we have treated out physical and emotional body will show up every 7 years at the times of hormonal change. You may find longterm constitutional illnesses such as eczema, hayfever and arthritis clear up at these pivotal points on our timeline. I personally “grew out” of acute hayfever at 35 which had begun at 7. I used my understanding of Chinese Medicine to make changes in diet and lifestyle coming up to this transitional time. I am 50 this year and am very aware of supporting my Jing so that transition into menopause requires no medication or sweat filled, insomniac nights.

The Jing is considered one of 3 treasures in Chinese Medicine and it is stored in our Kidneys so it is vital that we keep these energetic organs healthy. Jing determines the management, storage, and usage of chi/energy. As I mentioned earlier the Jing moves in 7-year cycles, we cannot add to it but we can support it with good foods such as Eggs, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen, Seaweeds, Almonds, Blue Green Algae, Aduki Beans, Bone Broth and Goji Berries. With good practices such as Qi Gong, Yoga, Tai Chi, we can use breath and body to harness feelings and become emotionally flexible.

To learn more about Jing and how to nurture and nourish it why not join us for a wonderful weekend 23-25 March 2018. Its time as women that we understand completely the control we can have over our bodies and our health

Wise Women Retreat – Feminine Health for Vibrant Energy

Rest and Restore in a safe all women circle

Teaching, experiencing, encouraging and nurturing the feminine energy within us, the Conscious Cooking Classes and Tai Chi/ Qi Gong sessions can effortlessly improve sexual health, bringing a balance between passionate fire and flowing water.

Using food, exercise and potent acupressure points we will keep the meridian channels open and flowing. We will experience and share how to prevent leaking our precious Jing and how to nurture and support it so that we prevent accelerated aging.

In a simple weekend, understand the clear connection between our emotions, the food we choose and how that directly affects our health.

I will show you how to prepare fantastically easy dishes that will add to your culinary skills – this is ancient wisdom at work in a modern kitchen.

Cost €345, (€50 discount per person if you come with a friend, mother, daughter or another family member)

Deposit €105 14 participants max – Price includes all food, accommodation & tuition. Single rooms allocated first come first served basis at no extra cost

www.joannefaulkner.ie    086 607 0432    joannefaulkner@live.ie

Pay pal adds a 3.5% charge – if you would prefer to bypass the charge please contact me for EFT direct payment details or to pay by cheque

for a full schedule outline including Menu’s and Mealtimes please send me request below – if you have any dietary requirement please feel free and let me know

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A time to cry

We are currently in transition from Winter (Bladder/Kidney energy) to Spring (Liver/Gallbladder energy). It’s time for Spring Clean, for a detox, for a fast and, because I live in Ireland, it is almost the time of Lent, where giving up something becomes part of the collective consciousness. All this denial is good for the liver which can become congested with the overindulgence of Christmas. When we eat, drink and are merry there are consequences; January comes and we can feel low in energy, dark in mood, sometimes poor in spirit and pocket.

The positive emotion of the Liver/Gallbladder in Chinese Medicine is creativity and flexibility but the flip side is anger, depression, and frustration. Having a big cry will help the liver. Physically and emotionally it will help clear out the Liver Channel. The Liver opens out into the eyes, think of when a person has jaundice, the whites of the eyes turn yellow or if the liver is congested you can often see fatty lumps or stringy deposits in the eyes. To hold the tears and suppress our emotions means our body will become tense. On a long-term basis in Chinese Medicine, this can lead to disorders of wind-heat which manifest as depression, stroke, and severe nervous-muscular disorders such as MS and Parkinsons. Sometimes emotions feel so overwhelming that if we let them out they will never stop, they will break us or leave us destroyed and weak. I have found that this is not the case. Breaking down and expressing how we feel does leave us vulnerable but this is healthy for the body. It allows the body to release, let go and become flexible to possible avenues that before were unseen. So just as important as giving up chocolate, alcohol or coffee is to connect with how we are feeling. To tap into and touch some of the buried feelings we have parked or put aside so that we can function on a day to day basis. This process sometimes requires support so find a group, use your journal, go dancing, take a walk, set aside time to explore how you feel – make your emotional health a priority in your day.

If you want to learn further what supports, clears and cleanses the Liver/Gallbladder in a safe, supportive, all women environment; join us for the

Wise Woman Retreat – Feminine Health for Vibrant Energy
23, 24 and 25 March 2018
Bobbio Centre, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow

Teaching, experiencing, nurturing and encouraging the feminine energy within us. The Cooking Classes and Tai Chi/ QiGong sessions effortlessly improve health, bringing a balance between passionate fire and flowing water. Within this retreat we will address symptom such as insomnia, palpitations, loss of libido, painful heavy breasts and periods, weight gain around the middle, hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings without medication, just using the food you eat, gentle exercise, breathing exercises and potent acupressure points.

Take time to develop and nurture a loving connection with your body and mind

Tai Chi with Fatima on the Retreat

or you could……………… Make like a new spring shoot and practice yoga, Makka-ho stretches or Qigong to help the liver move stagnant energy. Also eating sour foods such as lemon, lime, and green leafy vegetables will stimulate the gallbladder into producing bile which will help clear a congested liver. This meridian channel is related to vision and decisions. So for clear, flexible thinking you can visit my online course page and receive the free lesson covering the Makka-Ho stretches.

More Sex and important numbers

Wise Woman Retreat – Feminine Health for Vibrant Energy

23, 24 and 25 March 2018
Bobbio Centre, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow

This retreat is a time to rest and restore in wonderful surroundings of Brittas Bay. It’s an all women retreat, creating a safe circle for sharing and healing. We will teach and experience how to encourage and nurture the feminine passionate energy within us. The Cooking Classes and Tai Chi/ Qi Gong sessions can effortlessly improve sexual health, bringing a balance between passionate fire and flowing water.

Within this retreat we will address symptom such as insomnia, palpitations, loss of libido, painful heavy breasts and periods, weight gain around the middle, hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings without medication, just using the food you eat, gentle exercise, breathing exercises and potent acupressure points.

Take time to develop and nurture a loving connection with your body and mind

There are only maximum 14 participants and the single rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis. (only 7 spaces left)

  • Conscious Cooking Classes focusing on recipes to improve kidney and liver function, boosting metabolism, lowering cholesterol and blood sugars
  • Amazing Vegetarian Meals
  • Qi Gong and Tai Chi sessions – using the breath and movement to flow energy in the body
  • Self Shiatsu sessions – learning major acupressure points in the body for everyday health & well being
  • Time to rest and walk in the stunning grounds and secluded beach in North Wicklow

In a simple weekend, understand the clear connection between our emotions, the food we choose and how that directly affects our health.

I will show you how to prepare fantastically easy dishes that will add to your culinary skills – this is ancient wisdom at work in a modern kitchen.

Cost €345, (€50 discount per person if you come with a friend, mother, daughter or another family member)

Deposit €105 14 participants max – Price includes all food, accommodation & tuition. Single rooms allocated first come first served basis at no extra cost

www.joannefaulkner.ie   086 607 0432   joannefaulkner@live.ie

Pay pal adds a 3.5% charge – if you would prefer to bypass the charge please contact me for EFT direct payment details or to pay by cheque

for a full schedule outline including Menu’s and Mealtimes please send me request below – if you have any dietary requirement please feel free and let me know